John Terry has retained the Chelsea captaincy under new boss Antonio Conte and will hold the role whether he wears the armband or not.
The 35-year-old defender signed a one-year contract extension in May, having in January declared his expectation that he would leave this summer.
Terry, who has made more than 700 appearances for the Blues, has been reassured his considerable influence is valued.
"Yes, John Terry is the captain of Chelsea when he plays, when he doesn't play. You are always the captain," Conte said at his official unveiling as Chelsea head coach at Stamford Bridge.
"He's captain of this team, he's a great player, with a great personality, with great charisma.
"I like to speak to him because he knows the club, the right spirit to play in this club and for me he's an important player. When a player deserves to play, with me, (they) play."